Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sketches for a Ring Pillow

Start with the simplest, small tote shape--two rectangles sewn together, lined (tote tutorials are everywhere on the internet). Don't box the corners, just leave them flat. Bridesmaids' dress fabric for at least one side of the tote.

Remember to add a smaller rectangle of matching (or not) fabric laid over one side to form a large pocket, before the tote is completed. Stitching up the middle of the pocket divides it into two, for the ringbearer's hands.

A lightly stuffed pillow in a matching size to plump the tote out into a pillow. I took the easy road and pulled a vintage pillowcase from my stash. It was already edged with tatting. I just cut it down and sewed it closed with some stuffing inside. First I appliqued a little pocket on it--from a scrap of vintage embroidered dresser scarf, also edged with hand-crochet.

Now the pillow is stuffed into the bag, and the top of the bag is hand-stitched closed with big matching stitches. These will come out with a snip or two after the wedding.

Hope this helps!


kath said...

I have a shopping tote made on that exact same principle! What a wonderful idea for a pillow!

seashoreknits said...

Thank you for the instructions, Anna. This looks simple and is such a wonderful idea. I so appreciate you sharing it with us!

vballsetter said...

Thank you so much!!!

Meghan said...

How do you think of these things? Pure genius!

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